Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Junior Football in Dunedin reinstating the water boy!


Dunedin Technical Junior Football Club, Grants Braes AFC and other Junior Football Clubs are taking steps to help enhance the health and wellbeing of the children in their club.

Kerri Maclennan from Sport Otago says “young people in New Zealand like sport and participate in one or more activities regularly”.

“Young people want to have fun playing sport and also see it as a way to get fit and healthy. It is important for water to be the drink of choice in our sports clubs”, she says.

Football South is happy to support and promote the project. There are over 4,000 children playing football this winter in Otago. Chris Wright, CEO of Football South says “Access to healthy hydration options is critical during sports events and many of our sports fields have limited access to water which is why the Tap into Water project in an important project for our region”.

Junior Football Clubs are supportive of Football South promoting the project. Some echoed Mr Wrights concerns around acess to water. Dunedin Technical Junior Football Club say “Many of our games are at fields all across Dunedin, many of these fields do not have access to any water”.

Dr Rachael Hart, CEO from the Cancer Society says “Tap water is good for our health, our wallets, and is good for the environment. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable cancer after tobacco so it is definitely a cause we want to support.”

“Tap into Water aims to create sustainable changes in junior sports, so, that despite committee change over, water is still promoted as optimal hydration for sports. Advocating to our local council for accessible and drinkable water is another aspect of the project”, she says.

Nicky Grant from the Community Oral Health Service sees Tap into Water as an essential project to protect the teeth of young people. “Sugary drinks are increasing in consumption and New Zealand has one of the highest sugar consumption rates in the OECD. I feel strongly about creating environments where it is easy for parents to make the healthy choice for their children to thrive”.

The Tap into Water Team would like to thank Moana Pool, the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and the Dunedin Ice Stadium for providing player of the day awards.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

Biodiversity HiveMind Preliminary Progress Report
Open data report summarising preliminary findings of the Biodiversity HiveMind. Read Progress Report Here>>

 

PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>

ALSO:

Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>

ALSO:

Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>

ALSO:

PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels